Girls camping in Door County is not a novel concept, but it was for the Voyageur District Scouts BSA Spring Camporee last weekend at Jax Camp in Sturgeon Bay. It was the first time the district held a camporee since girls were first allowed to form their own troops earlier this year. Two girl-only troops participated in the spring camporee, with patrols within each unit taking part in a number of scored activities with hopes of winning special awards at the end of the weekend. There are currently no Scouts BSA troops in Door and Kewaunee counties allowing girls in their ranks, but scouting volunteer Adam Vandenbush of Baird Elementary School PTO Troop 1401G in Green Bay says he can tell the interest is brewing.
Vandenbush says Troop 1401G performed well at the camporee, bringing home the award for best camp gadget. Since the Boy Scouts of America went co-ed last year, Brussels Lions Club Pack 4140 is the only chartered organization in Door and Kewaunee Counties offering opportunities for boys and girls.